Apr 17, 2024  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Human-Computer Interaction (Professional Track), M.A.

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Damian Schofield, Program Coordinator

429 Shineman Center




Admission Information

Program Information

Computer Science Department


Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is the discipline concerned with the design, evaluation, and implementation of interactive computing systems for human use and the study of the major phenomena surrounding them. As a field of research, human-computer interaction is situated at the intersection of computer science, behavioral sciences, design, media studies, and several other fields of study.

The Masters programs integrate service and design thinking into a rigorous, cross-disciplinary human-computer interaction curriculum that prepares our students to design and guide the future of human and technology interactions. In the HCI programs, students learn to design, evaluate, and implement newinformation technologies that are understandable, usable, and appealing to a wide variety of people.

Our program provides students with the practical skills and theoretical understandings they need to develop successful careers related to human computer interaction, user experience design and user-centered research


Human Computer Interaction Program-Professional Track (33 cr)

Elective courses may be taken from a range of departments, including ones not on the list. However, all elective courses must be selected under advisement. Students are responsible for ensuring that all pre-requisite requirements are met for the courses they need, or choose, to take. The two project courses are optional for HCI Professional Track students and are treated as electives.

All HCI Professional Track students are required to take a 3 credit hour Internship. Internships are required to be minimum 8 weeks, 40 hours per week, long. Students are responsible for finding an internship placement with the help of the Office of Experience Based Education. Students are required to write a report and to give a presentation after the internship.

B. Elective Business Courses (6 cr)

D. Internship (3 cr)


Degree Candidacy

It is the responsibility of the student to file for degree candidacy. A cumulative average of 3.0 or better, successful completion of HCI 500, HCI 510, HCI 520 (or HCI 525) and HCI 521 is required to qualify for the awarding of degree candidacy status. The Degree Candidacy application form can be found at https://ww1.oswego.edu/sites/default/files/candidacymastercasform.pdf.


Additional Program Requirements

The course HCI 510 - HCI Methods has a psychology research methods pre-requisite (HCI 509)

The course HCI 521 - Software Design has an introduction to programming pre-requisite (CSC 212)


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